I have discomfort and sometime like a stinging pain across my stomach under my ribs, I feel really bloated most of the time. I had my gallbladder removed on the 12th january 2012, but I had this feeling before I had the keyhole surgery, I have had blood tests for liver function, full blood count, they even tested for a certain cancer (this I wasn't aware of until after the test) but they have all come back normal, should I ask for a scan/xray as I am worried there is something serious wrong, I am 43 years old, also I have been referred to a gynacologist with a suspected prolapse of the wall supporting the bladder, could this be anything to do with a prolapse.
I don't know if it could be a stomach or liver problem, I feel like I have something under the left ribs and feel so bloated all the time and its getting me down, please help.
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From the history provided it seems that you might be having post cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).â
Postcholecystectomy syndromeâthe recurrence of symptoms similar to those âbefore the procedureâoccurs in ââ10% to 40% of patients. The time to the onset âof symptoms can range from 2 days to up to 2 years. Women may âbe at higher ârisk, with symptoms recurring in 43% and 28% in men.â
The first problem is continuously increased bile flow into the upper GI tract, âwhich may contribute to esophagitis âand gastritis. The second consequence is ârelated to the lower GI tract irritation which can cause diarrhea and colicky ââlower abdominal pain. â
Treatment of the condition might need treatment with antacids, proton pump inhibitors, âantispasmodics, ââCholestyramine or sedatives. Lifestyle changes specifically adopting a low fat diet and weight loss might also be ââvery helpful. â
You can try medications like activated charcoal (Charcocaps, Charcoal), which will reduce the gas production, and relieve your abdominal discomfort and bloating sensation.
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